Korean Personal Names Romanization Preferences

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One of the problems with romanizations of Korean names is that despite the existances of McCune-Reischauer, and later Revised Romanization, many Korean personal names are still popularly romanized differently from both. This lack of a standardized method of romanizing names has created a problem of which many variants of the same name exist. An example will be: Song Il Gook being sometimes found as Song Il Guk, or even Song Il Kook.

The purpose of this Romanization preference list is to create a DramaWiki-wide standard when it comes to romanizing Korean personal names. Reason for this is that all articles in DramaWiki are linked two-ways (Jang Dong Gun has acted in All About Eve and is listed in his drama list. The list in the All About Eve page is also linked back to him.)

Other things to note when romanizing artist names are as follows:

  • All parts of the name are seperated without dashes and capitalized. (eg. Jang Dong Gun instead of Jang Dong-gun)
  • The revised romanization of the name is put in brackets after the name. (eg. 장동건 / Jang Dong-gun (Jang Dong-geon))
  • All other variants will be put in a Also known as: section in the profile so that all variations can be found.
  • See also: DramaWiki:Korean Artist Article Formatting
Recommended romanization of Hangul for people names in DramaWiki
(see also: DramaWiki:Romanization of Hangul)
Please discuss any changes to this list on the talk page first
Consonants (initial/middle/final)
한글 RR McR Recommended romanization
g/k k/g/k 김 will always be romanized Kim, other than that, G will be preferred for initials and K for final. Use one or the other and list the other romanizations in the Also known as: section. Special care has to be taken for g/k.
n n Follow RR
d/t t/d/t Follow RR d for initial, t for final
r/l r/r/l follow RR r for initial, l for final
m m Follow RR
b/p p/b/p With the exception of the surname Park(박), b if initial (example: Won Bin), p if final.
s/t s s if initial, t if final Exception is that s becomes sh when followed by i (시,신,심)
-/ng -/ng Follow RR
j/t ch/j/t Follow RR j for initial (Jang Nara), t for final
ch/t ch' Follow RR ch if initial (Choi Si Won) and t if final (Wang Bit Na (왕빛나))
k k' Follow RR
t t' Follow RR
p p' Follow RR
h h Follow RR
한글 RR McR note / recommendation
a a Use Ah if beginning with ㅇ(eg. ah(아), ahn(안)). Use a in any other instances
ya ya Follow RR
eo ŏ Use uh over eo if beginning with ㅇ(eg. uh(어), uhn(언), uhm(엄)) and if Suh(서). Use u over eo in any other instances. (example: Lee Uhn Jung instead of Lee Eon Jeong)
yeo yu (Kim Hyung Il) or young for 영 (eg. Moon Geun Young).
o o Use oh if beginning with ㅇ(eg. oh(오), ohn(온))(example:Dennis Oh). Use o in any other instances
yo yo Follow RR
u u Use oo over u (example: Kim Min Joo), woo if beginning with ㅇ
yu yu Use yoo (Example: Yoo Sun)
eu ŭ Follow RR
i i Follow RR(i) with the exception of 이. Use Lee if surname, and yi in other instances
ae ae Follow RR
yae yae Follow RR
e e Follow RR
ye ye Follow RR
wa wa Follow RR
wae wae Follow RR
we oe Use oi for final (Choi Ja Hye)
weo Use wo (Kwon Hae Hyo)
wei we Follow RR
wi wi Follow RR
ui ŭi Use ee over ui (Kim Tae Hee instead of Kim Tae Hui)

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